Briana Nei is a seasoned veteran with 20 years of ministry and motherhood under her belt. She wears many hats (even though she doesn’t literally wear hats, because they look really, really bad on her.) She is a sports mom, a music teacher, a foodie, musical director, author, speaker and women’s ministry leader. She has an obsession for God’s Word and loves teaching anyone who wants to learn to know Jesus in an intimate way, through his Word and through his Spirit. She loves people passionately and even tries to *gasp* call her friends. She has a unique style of speaking that combines comedic timing with deep and profound Bible teaching and relatable story telling. Briana loves to pray with friends on the Marco Polo app and in person. She has a Spirit-filled way of relating to all age groups – children, teens, mothers, working women, empty nesters and the elderly. She serves the Lord alongside her amazing husband, worship leader and jazz musician Caleb Nei. She is available, along with her prayer and worship team, to speak at your women’s conferences and events.
Learn to study God’s Word with Revealed in Ephesians.
- Grow in confidence in your calling.
- Gain intimacy with the Lord through life-changing, scripture based prayers.
- Be encouraged and strengthened to do spiritual warfare.
- Find new easy to use online tools to help discover the deeper truths in the Hebrew and Greek.
- Discover helpful daily tips on how to teach your children what you are learning in God’s Word.
Excerpt from Week 1 Day 1
Paul is praying that the Ephesians will know and understand God himself, and who believers are in Christ, by inviting the Father to fill them with the Spirit of wisdom and revelation. He is also praying for their faith in the resurrection power of Jesus. The same power that raised Jesus from the dead fills every believer! When we pray and invite the Holy Spirit to enlighten our eyes to know the hope to which we are called, it changes the way we read our Bibles. We can read with hope! This intimate interaction with the Holy Spirit makes all the difference between reading the Bible in a chore-like manner or academic way and reading it as an interaction with the King of kings and the Lord of lords.
Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians is for them to have hope from the Holy Spirit to see the glorious calling and inheritance they have in Christ. Our hope is in Christ and in his power to save us and work in our lives. People filled with the knowledge and understanding of God’s work in their lives will have faith to trust the Lord to answer those long grocery lists of prayer requests. Whether your prayer is for a child in college, a conflict in a marriage, a financial need, or a future spouse, knowing who you are talking to and his great power, ability, and desire to meet your needs, will increase your faith in the Lord to intervene in the situation. This spiritual revelation and ability to trust God comes from the Holy Spirit.
Take a minute right now. Pray this prayer for yourself! Instead of praying the word “you,” insert your own name or say “me” or “mine.” For example,
“I ask you, the God of MY Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, that you may give me the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that I may know you better. I pray that…”
Continue this example of praying scripture through all of the memory verse from Ephesians 1:17-23.
Ladies, you have to pray for yourself before you can pray for anyone else! Why? It’s like being in an airplane. In case of an emergency, flight attendants always teach you to first put the oxygen mask on yourself, so you can then help your children or friends around you. This is exactly the same concept! You need Christ to enlighten you and strengthen your faith. As you know him more, through every hardship and situation you may face, you will gain confidence in his ability to work in the lives of the people you are praying for. Read Romans 5 for more information about this topic.
Why is it so easy to pray for other people and not for ourselves? Well, perhaps, it comes from the nurturing nature of a woman. This is a God-given ability to put aside our own needs and take on the needs of a child, spouse, or friend.
We are created to propagate the human race. We birth life out of our bodies. When I was a new mom, one of my mother’s lifelong friends called to wish me well on our new arrival. She asked me how nursing was going with my little Ariel. This woman was a leader in a women’s nursing support network. I related to her that we had overcome the initial difficult phase and that Ariel was nursing like a champ. “How are you eating?” she asked. “Um, I’m eating okay, I guess.” I looked at the box of Oreo cookies on the table that I had tapped for my breakfast. I felt a twinge of guilt thinking that my daughter was not getting the nutrition she needed, because I was not eating correctly. To be honest, I did not really know what healthy eating meant. Back in the 90’s, I was most concerned with watching my fat and calorie intake to lose weight after my delivery. I did not quite know how to answer her friendly and caring question because I didn’t know how a new mom was supposed to be eating, anyway.
After a brief pause, I was surprised at her response. I expected her to chide me for depriving my daughter. I only found the opposite. “Briana, be sure to take care of yourself. God designed a mother’s milk to feed the baby everything the baby needs. If you aren’t eating well, your body will take the calcium and protein from your own bones and muscles to make the milk.” I was kind of shocked and set back by her kind and insightful answer. I had no idea that was happening!
As I slowly learned about nutrition, I started to discover that I was eliminating all fats from my diet to stay “skinny.” I did not know I needed healthy Omega fatty acids for healthy joints and skin. I was 25 but starting to feel like I had arthritis. Every time I walked up and down stairs my knees hurt and even had a creaking sound. In the morning, my hands were stiff like I was old. I was nursing my baby and achieving my goal of being skinny, but I was not properly nourishing my own body. The fat my baby needed was coming from my joints and I was aging prematurely. I started adding good fish oil supplements and vitamins to my diet, along with healthy fats and fruits and vegetables. My knees stopped squeaking, my hands stopped aching, and I felt so much better!
As women, whether we are mothers or not, we have a desire to give to and help others. I knew a young college student who would spend hours online chatting with other girls she did not know in person, trying to help them with their emotional issues, but this girl would rarely pray for herself or take care of herself physically, emotionally, or spiritually. The devil had deceived her into thinking that it was selfish to do these things, or even that she did not deserve to do anything nice for herself. That is what the devil does. He takes truth and good tendencies and twists them into lies and deception. We absolutely must learn to feed ourselves first, seek God ourselves, and handle God’s Word ourselves, so we can have an overflow to give to those in our lives who need us the most. Remember, here is a true saying: “For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.” – 1 John 5:4-5
FAITH is our victory to overcome. It is our ability to trust in Jesus and his ability, power and desire to help us to overcome. So, Lord, please increase MY faith. That is my starting point before I pray for others. This is why we are memorizing this prayer.
From Revealed in Ephesians, The Mystery of Who I Am in Christ.
You may copy the memory verse (Ephesians 1:17-23) located at the beginning of this lesson to put on your fridge, the mirror in your bathroom, or another prime location for memorizing it daily. Now that you are doing this, you can also help your children to learn it. This will spiritually nurture your whole family as you do this together. If you are single or married without children, find a prayer partner to share in this memorization work. This will encourage you both. You can also pray it for each other.
"This book is a must-have for women of all ages interested in going deeper in their study of the Bible. As a senior citizen woman and a seasoned Bible student/teacher, I was amazed at the fresh insights and understanding the Lord revealed as I read through this book. I was especially touched by the Greek word studies and the section on how understanding the life of Queen Esther deepens our understanding and application of being warrior princesses. The memory verses and abundant examples of praying through various scriptures in Ephesians will encourage and transform many. Each day's study ends with practical suggestions for applying that lesson to women's daily lives. I'm grateful for the opportunity to read this book and look forward to using it in the next Bible study I lead at our church." -DuAnne Thrush, women's ministry council leader, women's Bible study teacher, and worship team member, Crossroads Brethren in Christ Church, State Line, PA